Majority of Iowa caucusgoers identify with Trump’s MAGA movement

Majority of Iowa caucusgoers identify with Trump’s MAGA movement

The majority of Iowa Republicans who are caucusing Monday believe in the need to “Make America Great Again,” a sign of how Donald Trump and his political movement have transformed a state party that denied him a victory eight years ago.

AP VoteCast found that nearly all those participating in the nation’s first presidential contest want significant change in how the country is run, if not a total upheaval. About 6 in 10 identify as supporters of the movement that Trump jumpstarted in his winning 2016 campaign and the former president has nurtured further in his 2024 run for the White House.

The findings from AP VoteCast suggest that Trump is in a strong position as the caucuses began. He shows significant strength among urban, small town and rural communities. Trump also performs well with evangelical Christians and those without a college degree. One relative weakness for Trump comes in the suburbs, where only about 4 in 10 support him.

AP VoteCast is a survey of more than 1,500 voters who said they planned to take part in the caucuses. The survey is conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Iowa Republicans who showed up to caucus prioritized immigration: about 4 in 10 GOP caucusgoers chose it as the most important issue facing the country. About one-third said it was the economy. Fewer people named other priorities, including foreign policy, health care or energy.

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